STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico's technology-transfer office, will be hosting its spring seminar series January through March.  The seminars are free and open to the UNM community and the public, but registration is required.  Box lunches will be provided.

The schedule includes:

"Emerging Minority Business Leaders Summer Institute:  Developing the Next Generation of Minority Entrepreneurs in Technology Management"

Date & Location: Tuesday, Jan. 25, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Lobo A & B Room, Upper Level, Student Union Building (SUB)

Speaker: Tyrone Taylor, program manager, Emerging Minority Business Leaders Summer Institute President, Capitol Advisors on Technology LLC

Taylor is the Program Manager for the Emerging Minority Business Leaders (EMBL) Summer Institute, a program sponsored by the Minority Business Development Agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and West Liberty University. The EMBL Summer Institute's mission is to train the next generation of minority entrepreneurs with a focus in technology management by stimulating student interest in entrepreneurship and technology management; providing business development information and networking resources to potential entrepreneurs from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds; developing student professional and leadership skills to succeed in the new economy; and promoting awareness of the need to include all segments of the population in entrepreneurship and technology innovation.

Taylor will give interested applicants an overview of the program, specifics on the application process and requirements, and outline the course curriculum. Students attending the Institute will develop business plans and compete in a business plan competition. Students admitted into the Institute will also receive a scholarship, room and board and college credits. The Institute will be held from June 11-24 at West Liberty University in the beautiful hills of West Virginia. Application to attend the Institute is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, and post grads from all disciplines.  For more information visit:

"Taking a University Technology to Market"

Date & Location: Thursday, Feb. 17, 12 to 1 p.m. — Acoma A & B Room, Upper Level, Student Union Building (SUB)

Speakers: Stephen D. Hersee, Ph.D. professor, UNM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Center for High Technology Materials; Thomas J. Stephenson, managing general partner, Verge Fund;  Petros Varangis, Ph.D., president, Nanocrystal Corporation USA

This panel of presenters—an experienced university inventor, a local venture capitalist, and a start-up company entrepreneur—will discuss their collaborative efforts in commercializing a UNM technology.   Attendees will gain an overall understanding of the commercialization process, from the inventor's innovative discoveries to the entrepreneur's efforts in forming a company around the technology to the investor's role in helping the company bring a product to the marketplace.

"Seeing Your Discoveries Put Into Practice:  How to Move Early Stage Research Into the Clinic"

Date & Location: Wednesday, March 9, 12 to 1 p.m. — UNM HSC Campus - Domenici Education Center West, Room 3010

Speakers: Lisa Kuuttila, president & CEO, STC.UNM; Jovan Heusser, Innovation manager, STC.UNM

The speakers will address how U.S. research university inventions impact health care.  Attendees will learn about different commercialization options available for HSC inventions when working with STC.  Data regarding HSC commercialization activities will be presented and case studies from HSC projects will be highlighted.

"The Four Pillars of Successful Startups—and Where to Go from There:  What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know About Building a Sustainable Company"

Date & Location: Thursday, March 24, 12 to 1 p.m. — Trailblazer/Spirit Room, Upper Level, Student Union Building (SUB)

Speaker: Barbara Kline, founder and president, Breakthru Communications, a business and marketing consultancy.

There are four pillars upon which successful startups are based:  passion, leadership, adequate funding and technical savvy.  But startups have to grow—or die.  Ms. Kline will discuss how these four pillars interact—in theory and with examples—to create a viable venture, as well as the steps necessary to make sure the company is well positioned to take the next step: 2nd stage growth.

"Are Genetic Sequences Still Patentable?"

Date & Location: Thursday, March 31, 12 to 1 p.m. — Domenici Education Center West, Room 3010

Speaker: Christopher D. Gram, M.S., J.D. Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt, P.A.

Gram will examine the many issues raised in the patent litigation Molecular Pathology et al. v. United States Patent and Trademark Office et al., decided in the Southern District of New York, and the decision's impact on the patentability of genetic sequences.

For more information on the seminars and to register online visit: STC Seminar Series or contact Denise Bissell at 272-7310 or e-mail,